Life After Ebola: Supporting the Survivor’s Return and Reintegration

By Sandra Tumwesigye

“We are living a good life,” Daniel declares when asked about life since he and his four siblings left the IOM-managed Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Tubmanburg in excellent health. Since opening in November, seven survivors from the Tubmanburg ETU have been supported to return to their homes and reintegrate into their communities.

As a patient stops showing symptoms and takes their first test, the Psychosocial Support Team and a representative of the County Health Team start preparing for their discharge and return.  In the case of Daniel and his siblings, this meant finding an appropriate home for the family of five children orphaned by Ebola.

Luther Atinyi the Psychosocial Support Coordinator explains, “We went out with the County Health Team which directly liaised with the local community leaders. They helped to find the relatives so we joined them to do home visits and decide who should take the children.” The children’s uncle who runs a small pharmacy in Monrovia offered them the best home, allowing all the children to continue to live together.

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